This is an exercise designed to balance your hands through playing the jazz swing rhythm with either hand. In the first bar, the right hand leads, playing the rhythm on the floor tom. In the second bar, the left hand leads, playing the high tom. The spaces are filled with ghosted snare drum notes. These ghost strokes help you to hear and feel the underlying triplets in the swing feel.
Because triplets are phrased in threes (as the name "triplet" implies), playing them in groups of two creates a syncopated feel. In the examples below, the toms change every two strokes (i.e. groups of two) within the triplets.
This week, we take a look at Tré Cool's rock shuffle from Holiday. The groove rides the low tom lead into the final chorus, while the shuffle in the chorus is completed with the bass drum and snare. Learning this piece is a great start to ramping up your rock shuffle skills.
This lesson introduces a simple way to embellish your hi-hat today. The technique doesn't dramatically change the feel of the groove, which is good. It adds interest to the groove without changing it too much.